Mixed fortunes for Wasps against Old Actonians

Holly Walker’s second-half goal could not inspire a comeback in Wasps’ latest friendly, which ended in a 3-1 defeat to Old Actonians at Ewhurst.

However, in the reserve-team encounter between the two sides , we ran out 6-2 victors, helped by Natalie Stephenson’s brace.

After defeats to Gillingham and Brighton in the last seven days, Wasps faced yet more higher-level opposition as part of a testing start to our pre-season schedule.

Old Actonians were promoted from the London and South East Premier Division in 2014-15 and last season finished 10th in the Women’s Premier League, beating Wasps in the FA Cup.

But it was the hosts who started the brightest in the first 20 minutes and had the best early chances, Walker hitting the underside of the bar with a header from Stephenson’s corner, and Rosanne Fine forcing a save from Rachel Hillman – the Wasps keeper guesting for Old Actonians in the first period. The visitors also had a goal ruled out late in the half for offside.

Old Actonians did break through in the second half, though, a cross eluding the Wasps defence before being swept in and when they doubled their lead the game appeared to be safe.

But Wasps kept plugging away, Kelly Barton striking the bar with a free-kick, and Walker’s effort from the edge of the box gave hope of a comeback.

That was not to be though as, virtually straight from kick-off, a long ball dissected the Wasps defence and left the Old Actonians forward with a simple finish.

The reserves, however, enjoyed better fortunes after two emphatic strikes from Stephenson.

Charlotte Barnham, Rebecca Dunt, Faye Charles – on her debut after signing from Shoreham & Adur – and Zoe Martin were also on target as the reserves followed up last weekend’s 1-0 loss to a youthful Gillingham.

Ladies Reserves Finish Top for Christmas

Crawley Wasps Reserves extended there unbeaten run to 8 today with a very good all round performance going into Christmas break top of the league.

To say I’m very proud of this team is a understatement we have grown from strength to strength and each week the total commitment from the team is second to none.

Crawley Wasps Reserves started the game very strongly with a dominant 15 mins with a very well taken goal from Zoe Martin again as captain controlling the game and leading by example.
The back four of Josie Porter Kelly Barton Shaney Louise Bolton Morgan Bell looked very competent and had to put up with some un penalised tackles that were far from in the spirit of the game!!! (kelly kicking off).
The centre of the park was controlled and commanded from a very good performance from Laura Harding Charlotte Barnham and a reward for there efforts was a very well taken strike by Laura Harding.
The Right Wing was bossed by a very much inform Nicholle Smith who managed to bag her self two goals to reach 12 goals for the season along side are Captain Zoe Martin (great work girls). Marie Rogerson and Carys Dunn shared the left wing and later in the game Marie Rogerson covering for a hung over Shaney Louise Bolton !!! both girls recovering from injuries Carys coming back from over a year out great to have u back girls.Holly Walker again seeing a great deal of the ball having one goal disallowed and hitting the post and prob surviving the worst tackle we have seen this season look out for the bruise picture….. 
Another returning player Amy Fazackerley came on to replace Carys Dunnand worked so hard then replacing Holly up front was unlucky not to add to our tally.

Summary :


A very good first half of the season with competent play across the squad resulting in this team being in top spot still in both cups one semi final and one quarter final to come. You ladies are doing your self more than proud and the help from Chris Loxely and Ryan Strudwick has been top class.
And the commitment and respect our Captain has from me and the team has made a lot of this possible.

Happy Christmas Girls Thank you .

Wasps Reserves Hit 11 Past Worthing

What can i say a total dominant performance this team is growing from strength to strength the team spirit is the most impressive factor of our performance.

We had 11 fit players and huge thanks to Claire Burrage-Edwards andCharlotte Barnham stepping up last min to give us two Subs. We are now 7 Games unbeaten and next week have the chance of making the first of two Cup final Appearances.

Now to the game Crawley Wasps Ladies started very strongly and with the confidence that 6 results on the bounce has left the team. Zoe Martin opened the the scoring with a well taken goal and went on to score a further 3 to take her tally to 4. Nicholle Smith also bagged her self a Hat-trick and caused Worthing town no end of problems. Tracey O’hagan coming back from a time on the bench to see a good 80min performance and scoring 2 well taken goals having to finally be forced off the field with cramp. Kelly Barton marshalled the defence with her normal strength and character and dominance that the Crawley Wasp team has relied on and also managed to steal a cheeky little goal a quality performance thank you Kelly.

Charlotte Barnham put her self out to make her self at the last min available from being injured to come on as a sub and get a goal to reward her for the effort she showed. The whole team worked so hard and put up with my very obscure re structuring to push for us to improve are goal difference which not blowing my own Trumpet worked!!!! Sarah Kate Roberts Josie Porter Shaney Louise Bolton Abi Knight Rachel Hillman Morgan Bell Laura Harding were total quality and with out the team spirit and work ethic all across the pitch and never questioning my choices I’m proud of you all. Lets make next week our first cup final booked for the season…

Great effort today girls…